Faculty and Research Support

Yale University is renowned for both teaching and discovery. Its senior faculty researchers also teach in the classroom, so that students can engage in the best of ideas and culture.

When William Nordhaus ‘63 B.A., ‘72 M.A., Sterling Professor of Economics won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics, the press conference recognizing his achievement was delayed—Nordhaus had a seminar to teach.

“I am honored to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for work on environmental economics,” said Nordhaus to Yale News. “But even more, I am grateful for the intellectual environment at Yale that taught me as a student, nurtured me as a teacher and scholar, and allowed the freedom to devote my life to one of the critical emerging issues of humanity.”

Your gifts in support of the faculty help advance the boundaries of human knowledge and sustain Yale’s academic excellence. Make your gift now, or keep reading to learn more.

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs enable Yale to attract outstanding academic talent to the faculty. Because the endowment secures the position itself, it enables Yale to appoint a distinguished professor whenever a position becomes vacant, building a tradition of leadership in the selected discipline. The endowed chair is widely recognized as the most prestigious honor a university can bestow on an accomplished faculty member.

Research Funds

Research funds are vital to strengthening key departments and disciplines at Yale, providing the resources needed to advance work of distinction and promise. Such endowments can bridge gaps in the funding of established researchers and help junior faculty members and graduate students to explore their own original ideas and research methods.

Other opportunities to support the work of Yale’s faculty include gifts for deanships, junior faculty positions, visiting professorships, curatorships, and key staff positions.